Ferrisburgh bans cycling event following complaints

FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard decided at its Sept. 6 meeting it will not again allow the Vermont Senior Games to run bicycle races on town roads.
The organization’s four hours of mid-day races Aug. 27 on Little Chicago, Botsford and Hawkins roads generated one formal complaint from a resident as well as phone calls to board members, according to Selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence.
“It was just a nightmare for the people who live there,” Lawrence said. “We’ve decided not to do it again. It’s not fair to the residents.”
The Senior Games had in the past run races in Ferrisburgh, but the selectboard had said no to previous requests until deciding this year to see how it went, Lawrence said, and the organization made a $300 donation to the town fire department. 
“We let them do it again this year, but they tied up the roads from 10 to 2, pretty much,” she said.
 The board will continue to allow fundraising bike rides through the area, Lawrence said.
 “I think that’s enough for the residents to deal with,” she said.
In other business on Sept. 6, the selectboard:
•  Learned there is nothing new in talks with the developers of the proposed Vermont Green Line, who are in discussions with a selectboard-appointed committee about a deal to allow an underground power line to be installed in the town right of way along several miles of town roads. Over the years, millions of dollars are at stake in the talks. At last word, attorneys from both sides were reviewing a proposed Host Town Agreement.
•  Discussed town office building maintenance issues. The board has hired a company to power-wash the building, something that has been discussed since at least the spring, but not until after the dust has settled from the nearby Agency of Transportation Route 7 traffic-light installation project.
Board members also talked about prices for painting the front and rear steps and fixing a basement leak in what is no longer a brand-new building.
“We’re going on nine years we’ve owned it now. It’s routine maintenance,” Lawrence said. “The leak in the basement could have happened to anybody as a homeowner.”
Lawrence also noted the selectboard proposed and voters approved a $30,000 in the budget this spring for a maintenance reserve fund for the building.
•  Met with the members of the Atkins Farm Association for the first time. The town automatically became a member of the association when it purchased a 2-acre lot behind town hall earlier this year, and last week’s meeting helped bring the board up to speed on its association obligation. Lawrence said the town will probably have to pay some association dues, and might agree to maintain part of a common drive.
•  Agreed to allow the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to post a recruiting banner on town-owned land at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.
“They are in dire need for members,” Lawrence said. 

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